GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Michigan is becoming more of a vital campaign stop in the race for the White House.
Two top-tier Republicans have already spoken to “To The Point” when they stopped in Michigan earlier this month. In Grand Rapids last week to talk to potential supporters, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush discussed his potential candidacy with 24 Hour News 8 Political Reporter Rick Albin.
Among the things he touched on was Common Core, the national standardized curriculum and testing program that has faced criticism.
“I’m for rising student achievement and the arguments related to standards are getting in the way of the broader conversation of how we fix our K-12 system in a more comprehensive way,” Bush said.
But many Republicans don’t support the program. So how will Bush get them on board?
“If I’m a candidate, I’ll go campaign. I’ll persuade people,” Bush said. “I’ll tell you what I won’t do: I won’t back down on my advocacy of higher standards. There are some people who have been thinking about running who have been strong supporter of higher standards and in fact have implemented the standards that are poisonous right now in the mind of people. Whether that’s accurate or not doesn’t matter — that’s the perception, and they’re backing away from it because they’re feeling the heat. I don’t think that’s what potential presidents ought to be doing. I mean, if this is hard, imagine what it’s going to be like dealing with Putin.”
Hear more of our conversation with Bush above in this May 31, 2015 episode of “To The Point.” Additionally, U.S. Rep. Justin Amash, R-Grand Rapids, talks about his concerns regarding the reauthorization of the Patriot Act.